[oclug] Somewhat OT: Google's USENet archives go back to 1981!
rjordan at student.math.uwaterloo.ca
Wed Dec 12 15:57:56 EST 2001
> Very cool. I'm just curious as to where they got the data.
Basically, there was a company that used to produce
CD compilations of USENET (called NetNews CDs). Google
went on a hunt for such CDs -- offered to pay cash for
them, and got a reasonable response. Though likely
some people had archives on their hard drives or whatnot
as well, and may have contributed them.
There's a page at google with the info -- ironically
its down and one must use google's cache to view it:
"Imagine a law so stupid that civil obedience becomes an
efficient way to fighting it" --Per Abrahamsen on the DMCA
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